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PUBLIC HEARING on FY 2019 Proposed Budget – Hearings around the State – Monday night & Tuesday evening in Montpelier

Posted on the 12 February, 2018 at 6:10 pm Written by in News

PUBLIC HEARING on FY 2019 Proposed Budget
Budget Hearings around the State – Monday night (February 12, 2018)  
Tuesday evening in Montpelier (February 13, 2018)

Community-Based Public Hearings on the Governor’s Recommended FY2019 State Budget

The Vermont House and Senate Committees on Appropriations are seeking public input on the

Governor’s Recommended FY2019 State Budget and will hold community-based public hearings on

Monday, February 12, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

at the following 6 locations:

  • Johnson State College – Stearns Student Center, Performance Space, 2nd Floor in Stearns
  • Rutland City – Rutland Public Schools, Longfellow School Building, Board Room
  • Johnsbury – St. Johnsbury House, Main dining room, 1207 Main St.
  • Albans City – St. Albans City School, Library, 29 Bellows St.
  • Winooski – Community College of Vermont, Room 401, 4th Floor.
  • NEWLY Added: Springfield – Springfield Town Hall, 96 Main Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room (Selectmen’s Hall) 5:30-6:30 p.m.

An additional public hearing will be held on

Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. in room 11 of the State House in Montpelier.

The Committees will take testimony on the Governor’s recommended State budget at the above dates and times. Anyone interested in testifying should come to one of the hearings. Time limits on testimony may apply depending on volume of participants.

If you have a story you would like to share privately with the committee members, please contact Theresa to schedule this at the end of one of the hearings.

For more information about the format of these events, or to submit written testimony, contact Theresa Utton-Jerman, [email protected] or Rebecca Buck, [email protected] or at 802-828-5767 or toll free within Vermont at 1-800-322-5616.

 

Proposed Budget CUTs:

These are the larger Human Services Cuts:

 Elimination of the Attendant Services (GF) Program ($1,389,547)

Reduction to current DS Waivers to be managed by providers to include impacts to administration ($4,328,067)

AHS-wide Contracts/Grants Reduction – Allocation TBD ($2,000,000)

There are other reductions other areas of Human Services (see the attached document and below).

The budget hearings on Monday around the state and Tuesday in Montpelier are a chance for folks who will be impacted by these reductions to tell members of the House and Senate Appropriation Committees how important these services are to people with disabilities who need them.

Legislators from the House and Senate Appropriations Committees will be available in the above locations on the state. You can also submit written testimony. Please respond to this email if you want help to submit testimony.

DAIL REDUCTIONS

Elimination of the Attendant Services GF only Program ($1,389,547)

Reduction to current DS Waivers to be managed by providers to include impacts to administration ($4,328,067)

AHS-wide Contracts/Grants Reduction – Allocation TBD ($2,000,000)

AHS CENTRAL OFFICE REDUCTIONS

VT Legal Aid Contract Reduction    ($198,524)

Health Care Advocate Contract Reduction ($110,833)

Department for Children and Families

Reduce Reach-Up Grants for Case Management, Employment Support, Housing, Transportation and Other ($1,159,485 General Fund)

Department of Vermont Health Access

Vermont Cost Sharing Reduction (VCSR) Program

($827,175 General Fund for 6 months in FY2019)

 

Monica Hutt – Budget Program Analysis – Explains the “rationale” for the Human Services Cuts:

https://Budget%20Program%20Analysis~2-7-2018.pdf